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Estates Management record 2013/14 - Gross Internal Area - D11GrossInternalArea

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Estates Management record 2013/14

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Gross Internal Area - D11

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The fields in this entity contain data about Gross Internal Area (GIA).

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All higher education providers (HEPs).


This definition is based around the definitions contained in the 'Code of Measuring Practice: A guide for Property Professionals' (Sixth Edition), published by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Due consideration to the needs of the higher education sector have been made in putting this definition together.

GIA is the total area of buildings owned or occupied or maintained by the HEP measured to the internal face of the perimeter walls at each floor level (i.e. the footprint of the building excluding the width of the outside walls). It includes areas occupied by Internal Areas and partitions. Sum of Net Internal Area (NIA) and balance area as defined in Net Internal Area.

Note that the following are included:

  • areas occupied by internal walls (both structural walls and temporary walls) and partitions,
  • GIA of student residential buildings,
  • GIA of housing for staff (including wardens' accommodation in residences),
  • accommodation on NHS sites which is maintained or paid for.


  • derelict space. This is space that is currently unoccupied and incapable of occupation and no reinstatement is planned within the next year. Space that is currently not occupied due to refurbishment or other activities should not be classed as derelict space. Similarly, space that has been classed as Condition D in Building condition assessment condition should not also be classed as derelict space. It is either Condition D or it is derelict,
  • accommodation on NHS sites which is neither maintained nor paid for,
  • perimeter wall thickness and external projections,
  • any structure attached to the outside of the external wall of a building e.g. external open-sided balconies, covered ways, fire escapes and canopies,
  • investment properties used to derive an income (i.e. any property from which income is derived from a commercial or private tenant).
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